Millions of people who visit the Musée du Louvre in Paris each year start their Louvre Museum tours off with the courtyard, which is home to the beautiful pyramid designed by a world-famous architect named I.M. Pei. There is even a Louvre Museum trail starting at Hall Napoleon, situated below Louvre Pyramid, and going through some of the main areas, which Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu covered in the fiction novel-turned-movie The Da Vinci Code.
The namesake visitor trail starts at Hall Napoléon and enters the museum through the famous pyramid, prompting visitors to examine its key architectural details and find out which ones are fictionalized in the novel, and which are true. If you have the curiosity of Sherlock Holmes, the Louvre Museum’s trail is worth exploring. Ron Howard’s movie based on the famous novel used the devil’s number, ‘666’, in reference to the 673 glass panes of the namesake pyramid. However, some of its details are factual references to the Louvre Museum.
Talking about the pyramid named after the Louvre Museum, one would be amiss not to mention that it’s an exemplary piece of architecture that takes cues from the Baroque-styled structure of the former palace-turned-museum. The Louvre Pyramid is complemented by 3 other pyramids that are smaller than it, and sparkly pools featuring gorgeous fountains. The best part about the pyramid is that one can admire it from the entrance of the Louvre Museum, so even if you are about to enter the museum, you can admire the architecture.
That is one of the reasons why it is a must to come here at night, so that when the museum turns on its lights, its reflection can be seen on the glass structure of the pyramid. The hundreds of diamond-shaped and triangular glass panes of the Louvre Pyramid were made specifically to create this effect. Furthermore, the steel girders clamping the glass panes are non-obstructive and slender, so the appeal of the pyramid is exquisite.
Yet again, to know the full extent of the architectural feat in Paris, one has to enter the hall beneath the pyramid, which also has an inverted pyramid attached to the one outside.